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The Stepmother

By Githa Sowerby

Minerva Theatre

Overview

 

This dark, gripping, sharp-witted play remains startlingly fresh and urgent. Richard Eyre’s rivetingly tense production burns so fiercely that it ought to set the upholstery alight. Breathtakingly brutal and, ultimately, exhilarating.

Times

1924. A comfortable house in Surrey. When the orphaned Lois Relph accepts a marriage proposal from an older man, Eustace Gaydon, she believes she’s been rescued from an uncertain future. Establishing a successful business as a dress designer, Lois leaves her fortune in her husband’s hands.

But when one of her devoted step-daughters needs her help, Lois is forced to address what drew Eustace to her in the first place - and, at last, to face the dark truth at the heart of her marriage.

This gripping drama is a searing look at manipulation, money and matrimony. What price a woman’s autonomy within a man’s world?

Playwright Githa Sowerby’s most famous play, Rutherford and Son, is acknowledged as one of the most influential plays of the 20th century.

Richard Eyre returns to Chichester to direct this rediscovered gem; formerly Director of the National Theatre, his work at Chichester includes The Pajama Game and The Last Cigarette.

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Festival 2017 pricing information

Prologue Members Early Bird
booking from 4 March

Reviews

Will Keen gives an outstanding performance as a manipulative, abject, self-serving husband. His wife Lois is beautifully interpreted by Ophelia Lovibond – a mix of vulnerability and resolution.

Observer
 

Richard Eyre offers a perfectly-judged production that grips us from the very first lines. A fine cast includes rising star Ophelia Lovibond, Will Keen and Joanna David. There’s blazing support too from Eve Ponsonby as impassioned daughter Monica.

Evening Standard
 

Immensely engaging. Highly recommended.

Daily Telegraph
 

This dark, gripping, sharp-witted play remains startlingly fresh and urgent. Richard Eyre’s rivetingly tense production burns so fiercely that it ought to set the upholstery alight. Breathtakingly brutal and, ultimately, exhilarating.

Times
 

Compelling. Will Keen's performance, all smirks, giggles and smiles gives us a man whose stock-in-trade is emotional blackmail. It's an astonishing performance and while it's the centrepiece of the production, Ophelia Lovibond's Lois, the eponymous stepmother, is a powerful counterpoint. There are strong performances too from Eve Ponsonby as Monica, the step daughter growing up all too quickly, Simon Chandler as the upright solicitor who sees through Eustace's misdeeds and Joanna David as a befuddled matriarch.

WhatsOnStage.com
 

An immaculate production

Daily Mail
 

Quite why Githa Sowerby’s marvellous, fierce and feminist 1924 play has languished unseen and uncelebrated is hard to fathom. Richard Eyre’s revival is edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Mail on Sunday
 

Utterly compelling.

The Stage

Sharp, entertaining, truthful and elegant. It’s altogether a treat.

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Running Time
2 hours and 25 minutes including the interval